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also pho·ney  (fō′nē)
adj. pho·ni·er, pho·ni·est
1. Not genuine or real; sham or counterfeit: a phony credit card; a phony beard.
2. Spurious, deceptive, or false: a phony excuse.
3. Fraudulent, deceitful, or dishonest: a phony expert in investing.
n. pl. pho·nies also pho·neys
1. A fraudulent or dishonest person.
2. Something that is not genuine; a fake.

[Alteration of fawney, gilt brass ring used by swindlers, from Irish Gaelic fáinne, ring, from Old Irish.]

pho′ni·ly adv.
pho′ni·ness n.


adj, n -nier or -niest, pl -nies
a variant spelling (esp US) of phoney
ˈphoniness n


or pho•ney

(ˈfoʊ ni)

adj. -ni•er, -ni•est, adj.
1. not real or genuine; fake: phony diamonds.
2. false or deceiving: a phony excuse.
3. affected or pretentious.
4. something phony; a counterfeit or fake.
5. an insincere or affected person.
6. to falsify (often fol. by up): to phony up a document.
[1895–1900; perhaps alter. and resp. of fawney (slang) finger ring (< Irish fáinne), taken to mean “false” in the phrase fawney rig a confidence game in which a brass ring is sold as a gold one]
pho′ni•ly, adv.
pho′ni•ness, n.


a combining form used in the formation of abstract nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -phone: telephony.
[< Greek -phōnia; see -phone, -y3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phony - a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motivesphony - a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
charmer, smoothie, smoothy, sweet talker - someone with an assured and ingratiating manner
Tartufe, Tartuffe - a hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)
whited sepulcher, whited sepulchre - a person who is inwardly evil but outwardly professes to be virtuous
Adj.1.phony - fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"


also phoney
1. Fraudulently or deceptively imitative:
2. Not genuine or sincere:
1. A fraudulent imitation:
3. A person who practices hypocrisy:
إنْسان أو شَيء مُزَيَّفكاذِب، مُزّيَّف، مُصْطَنَع


(ˈfəuni) adjective
not genuine; fake; false. a phoney French accent.
a person who is not what he pretends to be. He's not a real doctor – he's a phoney.
References in classic literature ?
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After all, he is such a milking-cow for his predatory family, for his boxing promoter Bob Arum and all those who depend on him for their living that he should not have spoken with such phony bravado earlier.
Beware of phony package notifications: 'tis the season for phony emails that deliver nothing but trouble, warns the AARP Bulletin.
5 million using forged documents to open fake accounts for phony clients and process loans.
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The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has released photos of a woman entering and leaving a grocery store who they say is a person of interest in the case of the phony dough.
The so-called chief executive of this phony project did not even show any mercy towards his widowed mother-in-law.
Former US Senator Santorum recently said that Obama is guided by 'some phony ideal, some phony theology.